Discover the enchanting world of the Ironbridge Gorge through a captivating line-up of heritage events being held as part of the Ironbridge Gorge Heritage Festival. 

From the adrenaline-pumping Ironbridge Coracle Regatta to the intriguing Coalbrookdale Heritage Open Days, immerse yourself in the region's rich history and traditions.

Join paddlers as they compete in exhilarating races, participate in thrilling coracle games, and witness the famous duck race at the iconic Iron Bridge.

Explore the heritage venues in Coalbrookdale, offering free entry and engaging demonstrations.

Monday 28 August 2023

Ironbridge Coracle Regatta and Coronation Coracle Drift
Location: Dale End Park and The Ironbridge Wharfage
Time: 11am - 4pm

The Ironbridge Coracle Regatta, hosted on the picturesque River Severn, right next to the iconic Iron Bridge is making a return on August Bank Holiday Monday.
This exciting event showcases a range of exhilarating races tailored for expert paddlers, intermediate participants, and complete novices alike.
Experience the thrill as paddlers compete in heart-pounding races, demonstrating their skill and determination. But it doesn't end there! Engage in the ever-popular coracle games, including water polo, a breath-taking 360-degree spin challenge, and even a fish kebab competition. There's something for everyone to enjoy!

To top it all off, don't miss the highlight of the day—the famous duck race. Watch as adorable ducks make their way along the scenic River Severn, vying for victory and ultimately crossing the finish line at The Iron Bridge. It's a spectacle you won't want to miss!



Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 2023
Coalbrookdale Heritage Open Days
Head to Coalbrookdale during national Heritage Open Days weekend to  free entry to all of the venues in Coalbrookdale – this includes Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Enginuity, Darby Houses, The Old Furnace and the Coalbrookdale Gallery where you can see the temporary exhibition ‘The Daily Grind: The Industrial Workers of the Ironbridge Gorge'.

Throughout the weekend there will be demonstrations and activities in the Covered Bays (adjacent to Enginuity) that relate to the various industries that flourished, and continue to do so, in the Ironbridge Gorge, including china flower-making and clay tobacco pipe making.



Tuesday 12 September 6pm 


The Engine Shop, Enginuity, Coalbrookdale, Telford, TF8 7D  


Throughout history, rivers have shaped our landscapes and our journeys; flowed through our cultures and dreams. RIVER takes its audience on a journey through space and time; spanning six continents, and drawing on extraordinary contemporary cinematography, including satellite filming, the film shows rivers on scales and from perspectives never seen before. Its union of image, music and sparse, poetic script will create a film that is both dream-like and powerful, honouring the wildness of rivers but also recognises their vulnerability.

We will show a 45min extract from the film then reflect with members of the panel on man's impact on rivers and the connections between the gorge and The River Severn.

Panelists include: 

Chair:  Cllr Carolyn Healy Telford &Wrekin Council: Cabinet member for climate action, green spaces, heritage and leisure 

Shropshire Wildlife Trust 

Severn Gorge Countryside Trust 

Shropshire Bathing Waters 

Ironbridge Coracle Trust 

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust 




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